- 2 heads of garlic, halved crosswise
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) butter
- 3 cups chopped onions
- 3/4 cup chopped carrots
- 1/2 cup chopped celery
- 4 pounds butternut squash, peeled, seeded, cut into 1-inch pieces
- 6 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh sage
1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon whipping cream
Preheat oven to 350°F. Rub cut surfaces of garlic with oil. Put halves back together to reassemble heads. Wrap each tightly in foil; bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Cool garlic in foil.
Melt butter in heavy large pot over medium heat. Add onions, carrots and celery; sauté until onions are beginning to soften, about 5 minutes. Add squash, broth and 2 tablespoons sage. Bring to boil. Reduce heat; simmer uncovered until squash is tender, about 25 minutes.
Meanwhile, unwrap garlic. Squeeze from skin into small bowl. Discard skin. Mash garlic with fork until smooth.
Stir garlic into soup. Working in batches, purée soup in blender until smooth. Return to pot. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Refrigerate uncovered until cold. Cover and keep refrigerated. Bring to simmer before continuing.) Stir in 1/2 cup cream. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Transfer soup to tureen. Drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon cream.
Sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon sage.
The mild sweetness of butternut squash soup is perfectly offset with a trio of fresh, savory herbs. Add heavy cream to the already velvety texture of pureed squash and you have rich, thick bisque to serve for a first course or a light main dish.
Cook’s note: This recipe can easily be converted to a vegetarian dish by using a good quality vegetable stock in place of the chicken stock.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1/2 teaspoon fresh, chopped thyme
1/2 teaspoon fresh, crushed rosemary
1 fresh sage leaf, finely chopped
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
1 cup heavy cream
Croutons for garnish
In a large saucepan over medium, sauté the onion, celery, thyme, rosemary, and sage in the olive oil for 5-7 minutes, until the vegetables turn tender. Add the salt and pepper and sauté the vegetables and herbs for an additional 2 minutes.
Add the butternut squash and chicken stock to the pan and bring the soup to simmer. Reduce the heat slightly, cover, and simmer the soup for 20 minutes, until the squash is tender.
Puree the soup in a countertop blender or with an immersion blender until it is completely smooth. Stir in the heavy cream and heat through. Serve the bisque hot, garnished with croutons.
This butternut squash bisque recipes makes 6 servings.
There are those who do not like squash. Sorry about that – you’re missing out on some delicious meals! I’m talking to you, Tom!
Here’s yet another squash soup recipe. Why use squash for soup? It’s delicious and it’s inexpensive. Great combination! This time we’re using Turban Squash. I’ve never tried one of these before, but it looked so interesting I thought I’d give it a shot. You’re welcome to join us for dinner, Tom.
Creamy Turban Squash Soup
1 Turban Squash
3 small turnips
1 large carrot
4 TBSP olive oil, divided
salt and pepper
1 TBSP fresh thyme, chopped
1 TBSP fresh rosemary, chopped
1 onion, diced
1 stalk celery, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
1/2 cup dry white wine
6 cups chicken stock
1 cup fat free half and half
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line two baking sheets with foil and spray lightly with cooking spray. Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Place squash halves cut side down on one baking sheet. Peel potatoes, turnips and carrot. Dice all into same size pieces, about 1 inch. Place vegetables in a large bowl and drizzle 2 TBSP of the olive oil over them. Season with salt, pepper, thyme and rosemary. Stir to coat evenly. Spread vegetables in a single layer on other prepared baking sheet. Place both baking sheets into oven. Roast squash for 1- 1 1/2 hours, or until tender. Roast other vegetables for 40-45 minutes, stirring once half way through. Remove vegetables from oven and allow squash to finish roasting. When squash is done, remove from oven and scrape pulp from shell.
In large soup pot heat remaining olive oil. Add onions and celery and season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Saute until vegetables have softened a bit, 3-5 minutes, then add garlic and continue to saute for another minute or two. Add wine and cook for a few minutes to reduce wine a bit, then stir in the chicken broth and all of the roasted vegetables. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 15-20 minutes. Remove from heat and working in batches, transfer soup to blender or food processor. Process until smooth. Return soup to pot and stir in the half and half.
I’d never had spaghetti squash before, but I’ve never met a squash I didn’t like. This is a delicious meal, very easy to prepare and very filling.
- 1 spaghetti squash, halved lengthwise and seeded
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 onion, chopped
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 1 1/2 cups chopped tomatoes
- 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
- 3 tablespoons sliced black olives
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a baking sheet.
- Place spaghetti squash cut sides down on the prepared baking sheet, and bake 30 minutes in the preheated oven, or until a sharp knife can be inserted with only a little resistance. Remove squash from oven, and set aside to cool enough to be easily handled.
- Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet over medium heat. Saute onion in oil until tender. Add garlic, and saute for 2 to 3 minutes. Stir in the tomatoes, and cook only until tomatoes are warm.
- Use a large spoon to scoop the stringy pulp from the squash, and place in a medium bowl. Toss with the sauteed vegetables, feta cheese, olives, and basil. Serve warm.
Recipe from AllRecipes.com